North Huntingdon sets 16 roads in paving program
North Huntingdon officials plan to address 16 roads in its annual paving program this summer.
The township commissioners voted 5-2 to hire Belle Veron-based Morgan Excavating to repave the roads this summer.
The board budgeted $775,000 for the road program, which included a $400,000 increase, as part of the township's attempts to spend down its $5.8 million reserve fund, according to manager John Shepherd.
The base bid, which included 14 streets, came in at approximately $605,000. The two additional streets — Carriage Drive and Roseway Boulevard — were listed as alternates and added approximately $170,000 to the project, Shepherd said.
The other roads considered as alternates included Tyler Street; Dianne Avenue; and Everest, Butterfield, Hillsdale, Nathan and Nicole drives, according to public-works director Rich Albert.
“I suggested Carriage and Roseway just because, budget-wise, it worked,” Albert said. “They all need done.”
Commissioners Zachary Haigis and Donald Austin voted against the road project. Each said township officials should address the entire list of alternate roads.
Although the project's budget had been boosted by nearly $400,000, Haigis said, he wanted to spend more from the reserve fund to address the alternate roads.
“There's no reason not to pave them all, especially if we're capable of doing so,” Haigis said. “I don't think it'd be too prudent to wait on these roads.”
The additional roads would have brought the cost of the project up to nearly $1 million, Shepherd said.
Commissioner Rich Gray, who opposed Haigis' proposal, said officials need to be cautious when it comes to spending the township's reserve fund.
“As soon as everybody decides there is a lot of money, everyone just wants to spend it,” Gray said. “I'm all for infrastructure and road improvements, but we already doubled the budget.”
In other news
The commissioners hired Joshua Andrykovitch, 34, as the township's code-enforcement officer, at a salary of $46,000 per year.
Andrykovitch, a Trafford resident, replaces former code-enforcement officer David Stitt, who retired in April.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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